Inner South Veterinary Centre
47 Jerrabomberra Ave
- 1800 785 330
All puppies and their new owners can benefit from Puppy Preschool. It is an important learning and socialisation tool and it's also LOTS of fun! At Inner South Veterinary Centre the puppy classes are run by fully qualified and experienced nurses. The course consists of a one hour class each week for four weeks, and is usually run in the evenings from 7-8pm. The classes help owners teach basic training methods and provide tips to help minimise problem behaviors associated with puppy hood.
Puppy development includes a critical socialisation period. This critical development period begins as the puppy's eyes open and it begins to interact with people and animals in its surroundings and ends around 16 weeks of age. In this sensitive period your puppy is learning what is ok, what is scary, what is appropriate and what is a 'no-no'. Socialisation helps your little puppy feel relaxed as a pet within a society that includes a huge mix of people, environments, buildings, sights, noises, smells, dogs and other animals.
Many behavioural problems in dogs are due to inappropriate or insufficient socialisation. Your pup needs to get out there in the big wide world! You need to expose them to the people, animals, plants, objects and natural phenomena they are likely to encounter throughout their life. This includes things like the sight and sound of cars, buses and trucks, schoolyards of yelling children, crowds, cats, crying babies and thunderstorms.
After 16 of weeks of age, dogs become much more cautious of anything they haven’t yet encountered. Once they reach 18 weeks, it can be more difficult to teach a dog to like something new, or help them become comfortable with something they find frightening. You can always teach an old dog new tricks but by taking advantage of this sensitive period you can help your pup be a generally well adjusted and chilled family member.
Week 1 - sit and settle
Week 2 - come and stay
Week 3 - drop and walking on loose lead
Week 4 - looking on cue
Week four is graduation week, and a celebration of the steps that have been taken along the way.
Our staff would love to answer your questions about puppy classes at Inner South Veterinary Centre.